FIA gives green light to Singapore circuit

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FUJI, Japan, Sep 29 (Reuters) Formula One's governing body have given the thumbs-up for the Singapore street circuit that will host the city-state's inaugural grand prix in 2008.

However, organisers said in a statement that a decision was still pending on whether the race can be held at night, a first for the glamour sport.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) approval gives the green light for construction of the ambitious 5.067-km circuit that will see cars speeding past skyscrapers, colonial-era buildings and the waterfront.

Singapore, which in May won a five-year deal to host Formula One, is scheduled to put on Asia's first F1 street race on September 28 next year.

''After months of poring over the drawing board, we are now one step closer to our dream,'' Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP, said.

''However, there is no time to celebrate -- it is now full speed ahead for us to get this race on the road.'' REUTERS PDS HS1147

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